About Real-Time

Monitor activity as it happens on your site or app.

Real-Time allows you to monitor activity as it happens on your site or app. The reports are updated continuously and each hit is reported seconds after it occurs. For example, you can see how many people are on your site right now, which pages or events they're interacting with, and which goal conversions have occurred.

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See Real-Time data

Real-Time is available in all Google Analytics accounts. No changes to the tracking code are necessary.

To see Real-Time:

  1. Sign in to your Google Analytics account.
  2. Navigate to your view.
  3. Select the Reporting tab.
  4. Select Real-Time.

Ways to use Real-Time

With Real-Time, you can immediately and continuously monitor the effects that new campaigns and site changes have on your traffic. Here are a few of the ways you might use Real-Time:

  • monitor whether new and changed content on your site is being viewed
  • understand usage of your mobile app through event tracking
  • see whether a one-day promotion is driving traffic to your site or app, and which pages these users are viewing
  • monitor the immediate effects on traffic from a blog/social network post or tweet
  • verify that the tracking code is working on your site or app
  • monitor goal completions as you test changes to your site

Limits and caveats

Filtered views

If your data looks incorrect in Real-Time, check which filters are being applied to the view. It's best to use an unfiltered view when debugging tracking code implementations. Changes made to views may take up to two hours to reflect in Real-Time.

Mobile App Tracking

Mobile hits are batched to conserve battery life, so you may notice delays. Batching typically occurs on the order of minutes.

No data in Real-Time

If you don’t see any data in your Real-Time reports, it’s possible that there are no active users.

Real-Time reporting is sometimes temporarily suspended in views that you haven’t recently accessed, however Real-Time is reactivated after you visit a Real-Time report in that view. When Real-Time reporting is suspended, data collection and all other reporting services aren’t affected.

Next steps

To learn more about the reports and how to interpret them, read Using the Real-Time reports.

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